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At Manland, children are encouraged to express their feelings, energy and ideas through art and design, and are given opportunities to develop their ideas and skills through a broad range of experiences.

Art and Design begins in Reception as children experience the Foundation Curriculum. Creative opportunities offer the children a variety of multi-sensory experiences to explore a wide range of materials and techniques as they begin to express their ideas and feelings.

During Key Stage 1 children have further opportunities to develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and their processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment and begin to understand colour, shape and space and pattern.

At Key Stage 2 children further develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. They have an awareness of the roles and purpose of art, craft and design in different times and cultures and become more confident in using a wider range of materials and processes to communicate their ideas and feelings.

There have been a variety of activities taking place recently in Art and Design lessons. In Year 5 children have been printing wallpaper designs taking inspiration from the work of William Morris. In Year 6, children have been busy working on their designs for their terracotta warriors. Year 2 have enjoyed creating paintings using colours inspired by Australia.

“A picture is worth a thousand words.”            Napoleon Bonaparte

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”     Georgia O’Keeffe